Author: Barbara T. Palmer

"Prone to fits of apathy. Devoted music geek. Troublemaker. Typical analyst. Alcohol practitioner. Food junkie. Passionate tv fan. Web expert."

The Bitcoin network is currently securing more than $1.4 trillion in value, placing it just below the Taiwan Stock Exchange and slightly above the market cap of Meta. This comes as financial giants like BlackRock and Fidelity have introduced ETFs that allow everyday investors to easily add Bitcoin to their portfolios. One of the key factors driving interest in Bitcoin is the upcoming halving event, which could potentially cause a major price increase. With Bitcoin’s total supply capped at 21 million coins and about 19.5 million already in circulation, the halving will reduce the reward for miners to 3.125 Bitcoin.…

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Google has recently released the first beta version of Android 15, introducing a new Default wallet app setting. This setting allows users to choose a default wallet app for digital payments, digital car keys, and store loyalty cards. Previously, alternative wallet apps were available on the Play Store but were hidden in the settings. With the new Default wallet app setting, users can easily select their preferred app for various transactions after updating to Android 15. This replaces the Default payment app option from earlier Android versions. However, there seems to be a bug in the first Android 15 beta…

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Tiger Woods in Position to Break Masters Record for Consecutive Cuts Legendary golfer Tiger Woods is on the verge of making history at the Masters tournament, as he is in position to break the record for the most consecutive cuts made at 24. Woods, currently 1-under par through 13 holes of his opening round, had to suspend play on Thursday due to darkness. He will have to play 23 holes on Friday to complete both his first and second rounds. Despite the challenging conditions on the course, Woods managed to make a rare birdie on the first hole, only the…

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In a tragic incident on the Apple River in St. Croix County, Nicolae Miu, a 54-year-old Minnesota man, was convicted in the slaying of high school student Isaac Schuman and the stabbing of four other individuals who were tubing on the river. Miu was found guilty of first-degree reckless homicide, four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and one count of battery. The incident took place in late July 2022, when Miu reportedly attacked the group after accusations of approaching children in the water. According to reports, Miu claimed he was searching for a lost cellphone using a snorkel and…

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A recent study conducted by researchers at a leading university has revealed a concerning link between excessive social media use and negative impacts on mental health. The study, which surveyed over 1,000 participants, found that individuals who spent more time on social media platforms reported higher levels of anxiety, depression, and feelings of loneliness. The research also highlighted that the detrimental effects of social media use on mental health were more pronounced in younger individuals, particularly teenagers and young adults. As a result, the researchers recommend that individuals limit their time spent on social media and instead focus on engaging…

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Mexican President Cuts Ties with Ecuador Over Arrest of Former Vice President Seeking Asylum In a shocking turn of events, Mexican President has announced the breaking off of diplomatic ties with Ecuador following the arrest of former Vice President Jorge Glas, who was seeking asylum in the Mexican Embassy in Quito. Glas, who was indicted on corruption charges, had been residing in the Mexican Embassy since December. However, Ecuadorian police forcefully entered the embassy to arrest him, prompting strong reactions from Mexican officials. A Mexican consulate official expressed concern for Glas’ safety, calling the arrest “crazy” and “outside the norm.”…

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The upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8 in North America is causing a stir among skygazers, with many facing uncertainty due to unexpected weather challenges. Usually clear regions that are in the path of totality are now expected to have bad weather, while traditionally poor weather areas are offering the best views. Over a dozen U.S. states and several Canadian provinces are in the path of totality, where the Moon completely covers the Sun, attracting millions of people to witness the rare event. However, meteorologist Matthew Cappucci warns that the overall weather forecast for North America is not favorable,…

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The White House recently announced a groundbreaking directive for NASA – to establish a new time standard for the Moon by 2026. The creation of Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC) will revolutionize future lunar missions, ensuring safety and accuracy in space exploration. The implementation of LTC will require international cooperation, particularly with countries that have signed the Artemis Accords. This collaboration will be crucial in establishing a consistent time standard on the Moon, where time moves slightly faster due to its weaker gravity. By synchronizing technology and missions with LTC, NASA aims to coordinate with Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) for precise…

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Taiwan Rocked by Deadly Earthquake Taiwan was hit by its most powerful earthquake in 25 years, as a massive tremor with a magnitude above 7 rocked the island nation. The earthquake caused widespread devastation, killing at least seven people, injuring over 700, and triggering tsunami warnings. The eastern city of Hualien bore the brunt of the quake, with buildings shaking off their foundations, landslides, and collapsed structures. Among the casualties were three hikers and an engineering worker who were struck by falling rocks. Rescue teams are currently working tirelessly to free 77 people who are trapped in rubble or require…

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has issued a troubling warning about the trajectory of US federal government debt, projecting a significant increase in the coming years. According to the latest CBO report, the US federal government debt is expected to soar from 97% of GDP last year to a staggering 116% by the year 2034. This is a higher debt-to-GDP ratio than the country faced during World War II. However, experts caution that the actual outlook could be even worse than projected. The CBO’s forecasts are based on optimistic assumptions about future tax revenue, defense spending, and interest rates. In…

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